Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of State's Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) Rewards Program is offering rewards for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of alleged Romanian Internet fraud conpirators Nicolae Posescu and Dumitru Daniel Bosogioiu.
A reward of up to $1 million is offered for information on Popescu, who allegedly led a cyber fraud scheme to flood U.S. marketplace websites with convincing advertisements to sell cars, motorcycles, boats, and other high-value items that did not exist. Victims were directed to wire payments to fraudulent bank accounts, from which the money was transmitted to the leaders of the organization in Romania. The conspiracy potentially resulted in millions in U.S. victim losses. A reward of up to $750,000 is offered for information on Bosogioiu, who allegedly participated in the scheme as a key member.
Both Popescu and Bosogioiu are wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on charges including conspiracy to commit substantive crimes - wire fraud, money laundering, passport fraud and trafficking in counterfeit service marks - as well as substantive wire fraud and money laundering charges.
Today, the FBI added Popescu to its Cyber's Most Wanted list. Launched in 2013, this list highlights the most egregious cyber crimes committed on a global scale. Cyber threats are now considered a top national security threat to the United States.
Congress established the TOC REwards Program in 2013 in order to assist efforts to dismantle transnational criminal organizations and bring their leaders and members to justice. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) manages the program in coordination with other U.S. federal agencies. It is a key element of the White House Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime.
More information about Popescu and Bosogioiu is available on the Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program website. Anyone with information on these individuals should contact the FBI via the Major Case Contact Center at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324), or the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You may also submit a tip online. All information will be kept strictly confidential.